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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Millom “vulnerable” due to nearby prison

MILLOM council has raised concerns over the community’s police presence, saying it leaves the town “vulnerable” due to its close proximity with a prison.

Millom mayor Felicity Wilson has said while she feels HMP Haverigg is secure, she is concerned police back-up is 40 miles away in Workington.

Mrs Wilson said: “I think the distance to Workington has left the town vulnerable.

“I think the concerns we have as a council are that we have got a prison in our community. Everywhere else in Britain that has a prison has a police force nearby.

“The prison is secure, but if there was a need for back-up then the police have got to travel in.”

Councillors met with Cumbria police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes to raise the issue.

A special van, which could sit in the town centre and potentially act as a mini police station for officers, was discussed. Mr Rhodes has agreed to discuss the possibility of a roadshow of the mobile police stations in Millom with the chief constable.

Mr Rhodes said: “There’s the added pressure in Millom because the main police centre is in Workington and that seems a long way away.

“I will raise their concerns with the chief constable. We discussed in the meeting the possibility of bringing the mobile police stations into the town. I think this is something which would work well in Millom.”

Have your say

It's a bit late to complain about a prison being situated next to Millom/Haverigg, and there is a police presence in the network centre by Millom School... and I can just imagine a police van sitting conveniently next to CJ's chicken... I wonder if they'll start selling coffee and doughnuts?

Posted by Critter on 31 August 2014 at 19:49

millom used to be such a nice, friendly town to live in now i'm afraid to let my kids play out at night because of the amount of lawlessness that goes on here. Because of the lack of police in the town people know they can get away with almost anything from assaults and robbery's to most recently treating the town centre as a race course for quad bikes! The amount of vandalism to vehicles and property recently is also astonishing and upsettimg. i'm not saying a local bobby would be able to wave a magic wand and stop all this but if they were permanent and always available maybe this would disscourage or make certain people have second thoughts before carrying out their unlawfull and selfish acts. Also a local police officer would be able to interact with the community easier which could lead to an increase of information passed to either help prevent or solve crimes. Either way cumbria police should be ashamed. Their actions, or lack of them are going to lead to a major incident that could have been avoided one day and its this poor town and its residents that will have to pay the price!

Posted by Harry Brown on 29 August 2014 at 09:06

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